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Bitterroot Building News Mission Statement

Bitterroot Building Industry Association “Serving to unify and enhance the building industry in the Bitterroot Valley through education, community involvement and quality construction practices.”

Inside This Issue Membership Minute P. 3 Energy Star Training P. 4 News From NAHB P. 6 GRIP Safety Memo P. 8 Calendar of Events P. 10

Newsletter June 2012

Are YOU Missing Out? With over 70% of the Builders and Remodelers, nationally, receiving what they paid in annual dues and seeing a profit by participating, why aren’t you taking advantage of the Member Rebate Program? Builder & Remodeler members can submit for any completed homes, remodeling projects, or multi-family units that use any of our 40 participating Manufacturers. The process is simple and requires no receipts! 1st: Register to let us know where to mail the rebate check. www. 2nd: Submit a Rebate Claim Form for the addresses completed from January 1st –June 30th, 2012. Submit by mail, toll-free fax, or scan & email: pdf Submit Online:

I’m glad I got involved or I would have missed a world of opportunities. Being an ACTIVE member of my local Association gives me an edge over my competition and a forum to meet builders from my area. Each meeting held by the association is an opportunity to spend quality time with the builders, and being present at those events is one of the greatest benefits of membership.

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Membership Minute

6 in 6 Membership Drive Membership Committee Chairperson Justine Morris, Ravalli Republic

How Close are You to Winning?

Paul Beck


Glen Barnhouse


Tom Stringham


Chuck Garber


Monday Member Spotlight Join Us on Facebook!! To recognize our outstanding members we will begin posting a Monday Member Spotlight on Facebook beginning in September. The BBIA will pick members at random or if you have a special event, business award, etc you want to highlight send your information into the BBIA Office via email attention Angela Monday Spotlight at

Spike Club

Recruiting new members is an activity recognized and rewarded through the NAHB Spike Club Program. Those who participate are called Spikes and they are among the most valued members of the association. Spikes are the membership leaders of our association, building the voice, power and influence on every level.

Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members Rich Sargent, Direct Source MT Chuck Garber, Garber Construction Dale Linhart, Ravalli County Bank Karen Mills, US Bank

Royal Spikes (150-249) Chip Pigman 211 Red Spikes (100-149) Tom Vanorio 127.5 Jim VanSickle 107.5 Green Spikes (50-99) Ray Tipton 59.5 Angela Previte 59.5 Life Spikes (25-49) Willie Schrock 47 Blue Spikes (6-24) George Bingham 22 Flora Buoy 17 Joanne Hamlin 10.5 Dale Hanson 7 Spike Candidates (1-5) Tom Allsop 1 Glen Barnhouse 4.5 Todd Bauer 2 Paul Beck 4 Loren Collins 4.5 Chuck Garber 4 Gary Grossman 4 Brian Mendenhall 2 Jason Rice 2 Jim Rousselle 3.5 Archie Thomas 3.5 Tom Stringham 1 Spike roster per NAHB’s Spike Report Effective thru 7/2012

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Home Energy Rater/ENERGY STAR for New Homes Training October 8 through 12 in Missoula This workshop is comprehensive residential energy efficiency and building performance training. At the conclusion of the training participants will have the option to take tests necessary to become a certified Home Energy Rater (HERS), an ENERGY STAR for New Homes Verifier and a certified blower door and duct tightness tester. NCAT is a RESNET accredited HERS Rater Training Provider. • Learn home design and construction techniques based on building science principles. • Become a Home Energy Rater (HERS). HERS ratings are increasingly being used by major builders nationwide to market and differentiate their homes. • Become an ENERGY STAR for New Homes Verifier. ENERGY STAR for New Homes is experiencing greater penetration rates even during these difficult market conditions. ENERGY STAR is the most successful “above code” building standard in the country. • Become certified to conduct performance testing (blower door and duct tightness testing) to support energy code compliance. • Learn about business opportunities in residential energy efficiency. When and Where: October 8 through 12 in Missoula Cost: $1,300 for the five full days of training Instructor: Dale Horton Architect, LEEA AP, HERS Rater Trainer Horton has over 20 years of experience with residential and commercial building energy efficiency design and construction. He has been a HERS Rater and ENERGY STAR trainer for over 10 years. For more information contact Dale Horton (; 406/494-8653) To Register:

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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT MARKETING OPPORTUNITY! Speak to the Builders, Remodelers and Associate Members Directly at one of our Monthly Membership Dinners Is your company interested in sponsoring one of our monthly membership dinners? For only $150 you can have the opportunity to make a 10-minute presentation to about 25+ members at one of our monthly membership events. Your sponsorship includes: • Your company name and brief description of your presentation included on all flyers and emails for the dinner event. • 1/4 page ad to appear in the monthly newsletter the month of the event • Featured in our Monday Member Spotlight on Facebook the week of the event • Opportunity to host the dinner at your place of business. • The availability to set up 1/2 hour prior to the dinner and introduce yourself to the members as they arrive allowing for one on one interaction and tours of your facility when and where applicable. • A Table top area to display your products and services if dinner is not hosted at your business. • A 10-minute brief presentation of your company and the products and services you have available. • List of attendees from dinner with their names and contact information If you would like to sponsor a dinner please select the month you are interested in sponsoring: October 2012 November 6, 2012 Celebrate Election Day with a BBIA Chilli Cook Off December 2012 Co-Host a Christmas Party with the BBIA January 2013 Sponsor the Annual BBIA Builder & Associate of the Year Banquet Febuary 2013 March 2013 Company Name: _____________________________________________________________________________ Company Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _________________________________ Phone #____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________

Please return completed form with your payment to:

Bitterroot Building Industry Association

PO Box 1299 Hamilton, MT 59840 Fax 406-375-0248

Sponsorship will be available on a first come first serve basis. Payment is needed to reserve the requested month. If you have any questions please call the office at 406-375-9411. Bitterroot Building News 5

News from NAHB

A Celebration of The Coming Housing Home Building Labor Crisis (Yes, Another by Barry Rutenberg Crisis) Summer isn’t officially over until September 22nd but this weekend, Labor Day Weekend, traditionally marks the end of the summer activities. Labor Day Weekend is also a three day event, with Monday being the actual American federal holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. For The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and most of the local and state home builder associations within our Federation, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect holiday weekend to usher in the annual celebration of our Associate Members, all needed to build or remodel homes. I would like to take a moment and recognize the associate membership within our Federation. Home builder associations across the country annually declare the month of September Associate Appreciation Month. My experiences in my home state of Florida, as well as my time spent at the national level with NAHB, has allowed me to meet many associate members and deepen my relationship with our associates. As our industry emerges from the darkest days most of us have ever experienced, the associate members have helped to keep their locals and state associations as vibrant as possible and have tirelessly volunteered time and invested financially. Dedicated and passionate, associates are true partners with our builder members and help us develop and improve our communities. As Chairman of the Board of The National Association of Home Builders I would like to officially, and personally, kick off September’s “Associate Appreciation Month” by asking all builder members to work with our associates and provide as many opportunities as you can. Our entire membership, both builder and associate, can only grow stronger by the inner bonds we build.

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Just when we are beginning to see the signs of a housing recovery and the housing market, critical to our economy, seems ready to return to normal, major markets across the U.S. are about to be impacted by a new housing crisis.

The National Housing Shortage While this may seem counterintuitive at first glance, our organization has a long history of seemingly counterintuitive projections in housing which have later proven true. We were one of the first organizations to assert that short sales would not only become the preferred foreclosure alternative for homeowners, but that banks would prefer them as well. We were among the first to predict that investors would flock to the housing market beginning in 2010. We feel confident the same will hold true with the housing shortage that we believe will begin affecting some markets in the next 12 months and the majority of major markets within the next three years. Consider these year over year numbers from the National Association of Realtors comparing the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012: Existing home sales are up 8.6 percent. Existing inventory for sale is down 24.4 percent. Median home prices are up 7.3 percent. Individually, each of these statistics indicates major a market transition. Collectively, they show unprecedented one-year movement in the housing market. Consider History • According to the U.S. Census, the recent history of housing construction has been relatively consistent: between one and two million homes produced since 1968. • Between 1968 and 2008 at least one million homes were constructed each year. • The year with the greatest output was 1973 at 2,100,500 homes.

• The year with the lowest output was 1982 at 1,005,500 homes. • The average output between 1968 and 2008 has been 1,531,900 homes. • In 2008, there were 1,119,700 homes constructed. Of course, we now know that 2008 was a pivotal year in the housing market. In 2009 these numbers began to change dramatically. • Between 2009 and 2011 there have only been an average of 647,600 houses built, and every year since the number of homes built has declined. Each year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University issues a report on the state of he nation’s housing. This year’s report estimates we need between 1.18 million and 1.38 million housing units per year to meet the demand for new household development that will occur between now and 2020. Using these numbers one can draw the conclusion: We will see a constrained inventory market in the immediate future. Couple this with the fact that housing is more affordable than it has ever been, and interest rates are at record lows, and the picture of an oncoming national shortage becomes much clearer.

Conclusion If you are one of the millions of Americans that have been sitting on the fence waiting for the ideal time to purchase a property, this may be the time to seriously consider making your move. This is true of individual homebuyers, but it is also true of real estate investors as well. In 2010 investors represented 17 percent of the housing market; in 2011 they represented 27 percent, and all indications are that we are in the midst of another major investor purchase increase in 2012. 34 percent of all homes purchase today are purchased all-cash. For investors, housing today represents an investment class that outperforms every other class of investment in both cash returns and, for the past year, in appreciation of equity. It may seem bold to be presenting a housing shortage in the middle of what many consider a housing crash; however, the numbers, market conditions and major market inventories are starting to make this startling prediction real.

Real estate professionals have been shocked by how quickly markets across the country have transitioned from excess inventory to having constrained inventory. The first markets to experience the housing crisis in 2007 and 2008 have been the first to experience the housing shortage in 2012. Markets in Florida, Arizona, Nevada and California are now experiencing constrained inventories. No Fast Acting Solution The severity of the housing crash is affecting the speed with which the home construction markets are responding to a housing shortage. Companies in the construction supply chain have downsized or disappeared in record numbers. Given the lead times in housing construction due to permitting, manufacture of supplies (drywall, lumber, etc.) and the availability of skilled labor, the speed with which the market can react to demand has slowed considerably. Bitterroot Building News 7

GRIP Safety Memo


GRIP Safety Specialist Mike Rocchio

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Each year, fifty-five construction workers are killed by electrocution from contact with overhead power lines. Most of those fatalities involved distribution lines. These are the same type of lines that run down the alleys behind our houses and through our jobsites. There are distinct patterns to electrocutions. The most common denominator is apathy. Power lines are so common to us, they seem harmless. This serious mistake is fueled by two common misconceptions: the misbelief that overhead lines don’t carry enough power to kill, and the more common misconception, that power lines are insulated. Both are dead wrong. Most frequently, electrocution deaths involve heavy equipment such as cranes, drill rigs, concrete pumps, aerial bucket trucks, backhoes and fork lifts. Of all heavy equipment contacts, 57% involve boom trucks or cranes. Contact with power lines typically involves contact being made with the rig’s boom or tag line. Often times the person killed is the person on the ground near the equipment, either operating the controls or holding a tether. When equipment makes contact with a power line, the electricity looks for the shortest path to earth. Unlike the operator sitting in the cab of the equipment, the ground man who is rigging a load or holding the tag line is in direct contact with the ground and is killed as the electricity passes through him to

ground. Fatalities associated with high-reach aerial baskets usually occur when the basket makes direct contact with the power line. With most equipment, the largest number of contacts happen during machinery movement and not during the set up and take down phase. The exception is concrete pumps, when incidents tend to occur during the take down phase. Apparently, during the setup and use phases, operators are more careful but when work is completed, they use less caution retracting and storing booms. The use of metal extension ladders around power lines is also a frequent cause of fatalities. One study on ladder electrocutions found that virtually all fatalities involved metal ladders. Ladder contacts usually occur during setup or relocation of the ladder. Protect yourself from power lines; look around the work area and identify the location of all power lines before you move or erect any equipment. Make sure that no part of any equipment can come within a minimum of 20 feet of the power line unless a power company representative can verify that closer would be safe. Higher voltages require that a farther distance would be required. Contrary to common beliefs, power lines are not usually insulated and do carry enough voltage to kill.

OVERHEAD LOADS Another safety topic that we haven’t considered in a while is the hazard of overhead loads. Heavy or bulky loads being transported by crane or fork trucks, passing over workers is a recipe for trouble. When workers are needed to guide a load with tag lines and the load must be elevated to a higher level, anyone not involved in the pick needs to be clear of the area. Equipment can fail. Hydraulic lines can burst, pumps can fail, tie down straps can break, loads can shift and unsecured materials can fall from pallets. As a person on the ground, protect yourself by being aware of the load and stay clear. IF IT’S IN THE AIR IT’S DANGEROUS This is a good statement to remember even if mechanical equipment seems to be in good condition. Let’s review some of the rules that can help keep us from getting injured by falling loads:

A load that can be carried close to the ground can be stabilized by a ground person at each end. These people must stay in the clear at all times and the ground surface must be unobstructed. Tag lines should always be used where needed and definitely used when the load will be carried more than 5 feet above the ground. In some cases, 5 foot tag lines should be used rather than longer lines that can snag on something as they drag around the jobsite. On all jobs, only one person, generally the lead person, should give signals to the equipment operator. If you are the designated signal person, use standard hand signals to direct the equipment operator. Stand in the clear where the equipment operator can see you at all times. Never permit a load to be swung over any worker. Remember, “IF IT’S IN THE AIR, IT’S DANGEROUS”



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Upcoming Events August 29 - Sept 7th Office Closed; vacation

SEPTEMBER is Associate Appreciation Month. Members Do Business with Members! Thank Associate Members anytime you get a chance!! September 18 BBIA Board Meeting 3:30pm at the BBIA Office

OCTOBER Save the Date for the 2013 Home & Ranch Expo February 1st & 2md. The October Bitterroot Building News will have all the details. Want to make sure you have the same booth as last year? Call the BBIA Office to ensure your reservation and make your $100 deposit by October 1st! October 1st

Home & Ranch Expo Deposit Due for Early

Bird Booth Reservations October 4-5th State Board Meeting - Office Closed October 16th BBIA Board Meeting 3:30pm at the BBIA Office October 31st

Happy Halloween

NOVEMBER Make to sure to cast your vote November 6th!! Nominations for Builder and Associate of the Year are due this month please contact the office with your nominations. November 6th BBIA Election Day Chili Cook Off November 13th BBIA Board Meeting 3:30pm at the BBIA Office November 22-23 Thanksgiving Break

Bitterroot Building Industry Events GRIP Safety Meetings Events of other HBAs Holidays Office Closures

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September BBIA Newsletter  

Monthly journal for the Bitterroot Building Industry Association